WINDHOEK, JUNE 17 – Disney Africa has wrapped production of the third season of DisneyCookabout. The award-winning, comedic adventure game show series, that uses cooking and food preparation to create a fun-filled approach to healthy eating, will premiere Saturdays at 10:15 from 27 July 2019 on Disney Channel (Dstv 303).
For the first time, production moved to Gauteng earlier this year and kicked off with an open casting call for kids between the ages of 10-13. Hundreds of entries were received and after a two-day audition process, eight new enthusiastic cooktestants were chosen for the brand new season.
The cooktestants hail from various parts of the province, from diverse backgrounds, but all share a love of food, cooking and an eagerness to learn more about the ingredients we see and eat every day.
The series’ cooktestants this year are Zinhle Makwakwa (12) from Pretoria, Ditiro Simelane (12) from Edenvale, Lateefah Bredenkamp (12) from Kempton Park, Zondwa Mditswa (12) from Roodepoort, Tau Tsotetsi (11) from Ellispark, Kgalalelo Sekele (13) from Leachville, Declan Linaker (12) from Benoni and Talia Naidoo (12) from Bedfordview.
DisneyCookabout is hosted by comedic duo Kirsten Mohamed (Chef Kirsten) and Mthunzi Ntoyi (Sous Chef Mthunzi), who guide the cooktestants while they learn how to create simple and appetizing dishes for the whole family. Two cooktestants per episode compete against one another as they head out through the Cookabout kitchen’s famous revolving door to locations in Gauteng and Mpumalanga, where their food adventure begins. Each episode focuses on the ingredient of the day – while exploring South Africa’s fresh, locally farmed wholesome produce, with fascinating insights to food we often only see in supermarkets or on our dining room tables. Once the ingredients are collected, the team is transported back to the magical Cookabout Kitchen to cook a dish which includes the fruit or vegetables they have learnt about.
Two batches of four cooktestants will battle it out each week to take home the Silver Spoon before the final cook-offs when each overall winner is awarded the Disney Cookabout Golden Trophy. In addition, the two final champions will each win R50 000 towards their school to implement a worthwhile initiative, inspired by Disney’s healthy living commitment. Since 2006, Disney has been committed to helping families make healthier choices, using its stories and characters to make healthy living simple and fun. Since then, Disney has been looking at the different ways it can support families to live more healthily.
Produced by Penguin Films, nominated for an International Emmy and winner of the 2016 SAFTA for Best Children’s Programme, Disney Cookabout Season 3 features 18 episodes, journeying to stunning locations around Gauteng and Mpumalanga, ranging from the wide open spaces on large rural farms to smaller organic gardens and hydroponic systems in inner city areas.
Catch Disney Cookabout every Saturday at 10:15 from 27 July, only on Disney Channel (DStv 303). – MultiChoice Namibia